Yacoub was quoted as saying the latest work had brought forward the goal of growing a whole, beating human heart. The World Health Organization said 15 million people died of cardiovascular disease in 2005. By 2010, it is estimated that 600,000 people worldwide will need replacement heart valves.
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Heart attack patients who received an new intravenous adult stem cell therapy, Provacel(TM) also showed improved results.